This fantastic resource for interactive whiteboard tools has been circulating on Twitter. The site provides excellent manipulatives, gameboards, workmats and storyboards for K-4 classrooms. It takes time to discover all of the hidden gems, so I’ve highlighted an activity below that you won’t want to miss!
Choose the Place Values Millions Workmat and Number Cubes Manipulatives
Game #1: Place seven number cubes on the screen. Choose Roll All Cubes. (Note: The number 10 is on one face of the cube, so some cubes many need to be re-rolled individually by selecting the cube and clicking on the icon in the upper right corner.) Challenge your students to place the number cubes on the workmat to create the largest number possible or the smallest number possible. Ask your students to think about place values by creating a number between two specific guide post numbers such as three million five hundred thousand and four million.
Game #2: Place seven number cubes on the workmat. Choose Roll All Cubes. Have your students build a number that you describe using the cubes. Ask them to place one cube at a time on the workmat to create a number according to your directions. For example: Put the six in the tens place. Put the five in the hundred thousands place. Put the one in the hundreds place. etc.
Game #3: Place one number cube on the screen. Roll the number cube. Tell your students that their challenge is to create the largest number possible (or the smallest number possible) by placing the numbers you roll in specific place values on the work mat. However, the students will only see one number at a time, and they will have to place that number on the mat before they will be allowed to see the next number. Once a number is placed, it can not be removed. Vary the game by rolling two or three number cubes at the same time and having your students place several numbers at once.
All of the above games can be modified for different levels by using fewer number cubes, by using more number cubes or by choosing the Place Values Billions workmat.
As with all interactive whiteboard activities, be sure to encourage all students to answer by using paper and pencil or individual whiteboards as described here.